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English Language Learners

English Language Learners

EL (English Learner) students are identified by the site ELL Coordinator via the CELDT (California English Language Development Test). Student needs are assessed on an individual basis, and classroom curriculum is modified and tailored to meet the needs of each student. . Each ELL student is given redesignation testing on a yearly basis. Records from the past three years indicate that 36% of the students move from limited English to fluent English status each year.


The Master Plan for English Learner (EL) Students

EL students will have equal access to the curriculum provided for all students, Theses students will make progress through the curriculum, experience success and will adjust socially and emotionally. The fundamental goal of our program is to have students develop academic fluency in English and meet grade level standards in the core curriculum. The Master Plan for EL Students is available below and in the Main Office.

GES is a member of the Siskiyou County Co-op and has jointly developed, approved, and is currently implementing the Master Plan for EL Students. The plan was developed in the 2001-2002 School Year, revised in July 2004, again in 2006 and most recently in 2011. The Siskiyou County Master Plan for EL Students provides formal structure for program implementation and evaluation. The GESD has consulted with our parent groups, School Site Council and has received the approval of our school Boards. The purpose of this EL program is to develop fluency in listening, speaking, reading, comprehension and writing English in each student’s whose primary language is not English, enhance student’s self-esteem, promote cross cultural understanding and provide equal opportunity for academic achievement, including academic instruction in the primary language when available.

Parent Resources

US Dept. Of ED: Spanish-language Educational Resources for Parents, Students and Teachers


Click Here for additional Resources provided by California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)